Immigration South Australia

International graduates of South Australia have access to a larger list of occupations for state nomination and can access waivers.

In addition to the State Occupation List, you can also access:

  • Supplementary Skilled List occupations
  • Special Conditions apply occupations

Requirements for these occupations are detailed below. 

9.1 If you are an international graduate of South Australia, you must meet the following general requirements:

9.1.1 If you are applying as an international graduate of South Australia, you must meet the same state nomination requirements for commitment to state, age, skills assessment, work experience, English and financial capacity.  You may be able to access waivers or exemptions in relation to work experience, English, and financial capacity.  Please check the requirements listed under the relevant headings.

9.1.2 Your South Australian qualification must be in the same field as your nominated occupation.

9.1.3 Your South Australian qualification must be CRICOS registered with a minimum duration of one academic year (CRICOS registered for a minimum of 46 weeks).

9.1.4 If any of your studies were undertaken outside of South Australia, a minimum of 50% of your qualification must have been completed in South Australia.

9.1.5 For skilled work experience to be considered, it must be in a skilled occupation listed on the State Nominated Occupation Lists.

9.1.6 If your occupation is listed as requiring additional work experience in the field (for example, 2-3 years work experience in the field), you must be currently working in your nominated occupation or closely related occupation in South Australia (minimum 20 hours per week).

9.1.7 Immigration SA is able to offer a limited number of nominations for occupations that appear as special conditions or on the Supplementary Skilled List. Planning levels apply to all occupations and availability is subject to change. Priority will be given to applicants based on length of employment in South Australia.

9.2 Access to Supplementary Skilled List and occupations with Special Conditions for South Australian international graduates have been aligned so they are the same for both lists. Requirements are based on the qualification you have completed in South Australia.

You can access Supplementary Skilled List and Special Conditions Apply occupations if you meet the following requirements:

9.2.1 If you are currently residing in South Australia, you can access these occupations if you have completed a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification (for example, Diploma or Certificate) or higher in South Australia.

9.2.2 If you are currently residing offshore, you can access these occupations if you have completed a Bachelor degree or higher in South Australia.

Work experience requirement for Supplementary Skilled List and Special Conditions Apply occupations

9.2.3 The work experience requirement that applies to you will depend on the qualification you have completed in South Australia.

Vocational Education and Training (VET) Certificate or Diploma completed in South Australia

Currently working in your nominated or closely related occupation (for a minimum 20 hours per week) for the last:

  • 6 months in a country region of South Australia.

or

  • 12 months in Greater Adelaide.

To be considered to be working in a country region of South Australia, you must be employed and residing in an area outside of Greater Adelaide. View the full list of eligible country region postcodes.  View our interactive map of South Australia

Bachelor Degree or higher completed in South Australia

  • Currently working in a skilled occupation in South Australia (minimum 20 hours per week). If  your occupation requires 2 – 3 years work experience in the field, you must be currently working in your nominated or closely related occupation (see 9.1.6).

OR

  • Have met the general work experience requirement as per nomination requirement 5. If you are claiming Australian work experience, 6 months of this must be South Australian work experience

If you are a high performing graduate currently residing in South Australia, you may be able to access a work experience waiver. See work experience waiver information below (9.4).

 

The following table provides a guide if you meet supplementary skilled list and special conditions apply requirements based on where you are residing and your maximum level of South Australian gained qualification.  Please refer to the full requirements page to check your eligibility. 

Residency location Highest qualification completed in South Australia Can I apply for Supplementary Skilled List and Special Conditions occupations?

Currently residing in South Australia

Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification (diploma or certificate) Yes – you must be currently working 12 months or more in your field in South Australia (or currently working 6 months or more in your field in a country region of South Australia).
  Higher Education qualification (Bachelor Degree or higher) Yes - meet the general work experience requirement or be currently employed in a skilled occupation in South Australia*.
Currently residing interstate   Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification (diploma or certificate) No
  Higher Education qualification (Bachelor Degree or higher) No
Currently residing offshore (outside Australia) Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification (diploma or certificate) No
  Higher Education qualification (Bachelor Degree or higher) Yes - meet the general work experience requirement.  If relying on Australian work experience 6 months must have been achieved in South Australia.

* If the occupation is listed as requiring additional work experience in the field (for example, 2-3 years work experience in the field), you must meet this requirement or be currently working in the nominated occupation or closely related occupation in South Australia (minimum 20 hours per week).

International graduates of South Australia with a positive skills assessment for their skilled occupation, currently working in South Australia who do not meet all of the state nomination requirements, could still be eligible for state nomination.

Exemptions or waivers will be provided if you are an international graduate of South Australia and you meet the requirements under the following headings at the bottom of this page:

  • Work experience waiver
  • Financial requirement waiver
  • English language exemption

Interstate graduate 489 visa nomination restriction:

If you are residing offshore or in South Australia and completed your Australian qualification outside South Australia in the last 3 years, you can only apply for the provisional 489 visa unless:

  • At least 6 months of skilled work experience in the last 3 years was undertaken in South Australia (489 or 190 is available) OR
  • Meet the requirements for Chain Migration (489 or 190 is available).

You will need to meet all other state nomination requirements.

Please note: you will still need to meet any work experience requirements as specified by the skills assessing authority for your nominated occupation.

9.4 You can access a work experience waiver for both occupation lists if you meet one of the following high performing graduate categories. You will need to be currently residing in South Australia and have completed one of the following qualifications from a South Australian public university (within the last two years) with the required Grade Point Average (GPA) listed below:

  • Completed a PhD or Masters by Research
  • GPA of 6.0 or above in a Bachelor Degree
  • First Class Honours in a dedicated Honours year (following completion of a Bachelor degree in South Australia)
  • GPA of 6.0 or above in Masters by Coursework degree (following completion of a Bachelor degree in South Australia).

The three South Australian public universities are: Flinders University, University of Adelaide and University of South Australia. 

If you are a high performing graduate from a private higher education provider in South Australia, further information is available here.

9.5 If you are an international graduate of South Australia, you can access a work experience waiver if you meet one of the requirements below.

9.5.1 Your occupation is listed as ‘high, medium or low availability’*, you are residing in South Australia and you meet one of the following:

  • Proficient English in each score OR  
  • Minimum overall score of IELTS 7.5 or PTE Academic 73 or TOEFL iBT 102 or CAE 191 OR
  • Passport holder and citizen of the United States, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Canada or Ireland OR
  • Currently working in a skilled occupation in South Australia (minimum 20 hours per week). 

*Additional work experience required: If your occupation requires 2 – 3 years work experience in the field, you must be currently working in your nominated or closely related occupation in South Australia (minimum 20 hours per week) - see 9.1.6. 

Health and Education professionals: Higher English scores apply if registration is required for your occupation or alternatively, you can show evidence of your current registration to practice in South Australia. 

9.6 If you are an Australian international graduate, you can claim financial support from your parents.  Your parents will need to complete the Financial Capacity Declaration to meet this requirement.

9.7 High performing graduates residing in South Australia are exempt from state nomination English requirements for all occupation lists (including Supplementary Skilled List occupations or Special conditions apply occupations).  You must still meet the minimum English requirement listed under 9.9 below.

9.8 International graduates of South Australia who are currently working in a skilled occupation in South Australia (minimum 20 hours per week), are exempt from the Immigration SA state nomination English requirement for your occupation. You must still meet the minimum English requirement listed under 9.9 below. 
 

9.9 You must still meet the minimum Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) requirement of ‘competent’ English.

9.10 Health and Education professionals requiring registration will need to upload evidence of current registration to practice in South Australia.